COMPLETING YOUR FAFSA
Need help completing the fafsa? You can contact the fafsa helpline at 1-800-433-3234.
How to Create an FSA ID: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yj1Pn-shze8
How to Complete the FAFSA, Part 1 – Student Demographics: https://youtu.be/ww4m-mncwuM
How to Complete the FAFSA, Part 2 – School Selection & Dependency Status: https://youtu.be/uJRl3f6ScGw
How to Complete the FAFSA, Part 3 – Parent Demographics: https://youtu.be/Tk5FCfe3LTc
How to Complete the FAFSA, Part 4 – Parent Financials: https://youtu.be/2FNedAlJ-YA
How to Complete the FAFSA, Part 5 – Student Financials & Signature Status: https://youtu.be/E7Sx5txr1FY
The FAFSA opens this Thursday, October 1st! Starting next week, two weekly webinars will be on the FAFSA. Every Monday in October (and on 10/6, 10/7, 10/8) at 6:00 p.m. CT/7:00 p.m. ET, FAFSA Line-by-Line which will take a student/parent through the FAFSA from start through submission. Every Friday beginning October 9 (and on 10/7) at 11:30 a.m. CT/12:30 p.m. ET, we will also present FAFSA FAQ which will provide parents/students a forum to ask questions about the FAFSA. Families must register (see attached instructions) for either webinar via the following link (https://www.tn.gov/thec/covid-19-campus-information/outreach-virtual-presentations.1.html).
2021-2022 FAFSA Overview
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the main financial aid application that students complete to determine if they qualify for any state/federal scholarships or grants. The FAFSA can be completed online at www.fafsa.gov. Beginning October 1, 2020, students and parents can begin to file the 2021-2022 FAFSA using 2019 tax information. Prior to FAFSA completion, students and parents/legal guardians will be required to create an FSA ID online at www.fsaid.ed.gov. The student and parent/legal guardian FSA IDs are used to access and sign the student’s FAFSA. It is important to note that the student and parent cannot use the same email address for both the student and parent FSA ID. Separate email addresses are needed. FSA ID information should be stored in an easily accessible, secure place for future reference!
Students will sign in using their FSA ID to begin filing the FAFSA online at www.fafsa.gov. We encourage students to file the 2021-2022 FAFSA using 2019 tax information as soon as the application opens on October 1 as some scholarships and grants are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. The 2021-2022 FAFSA cannot be filed prior to October 1, 2020. In most cases, students will need parent/guardian 2019 tax information in order to successfully file the FAFSA as a student is considered a dependent of their parent until the age of 24. It is important that students ensure they are filing the 2021-2022 FAFSA by the February 1, 2021 deadline. Failure to complete the correct year’s FAFSA by the deadline will result in the loss of TN Promise scholarship eligibility. After submitting the FAFSA, the student will receive a confirmation email to the email provided on the application. If a student does not receive a confirmation from Federal Student Aid then the FAFSA was not successfully submitted. Hold onto your confirmation, along with your FSA ID information, for future reference!